un·​planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio) \

Definition of unplanned

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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Examples of unplanned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At neighboring McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, 15,086 acres were burned under prescribed fire and 3,882 acres burned unplanned. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "The end of a year of fire at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge," 7 Jan. 2021 His unplanned stay in the town begins when the police pull him over on the highway. Amir-hussein Radjy, The New Republic, "A Novelist’s Reckoning With Identity Politics," 6 Jan. 2021 While Benny tries to get her apathetic students interested in learning, Hannie leaves on an unplanned trip and meets with many surprises along the way. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 And in the audience applause starts, unplanned, just erupting . . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Meadows paid an unplanned visit to Cobb County, Ga., Tuesday to see for himself how an audit of mail ballot signatures is going. Anchorage Daily News, "GOP cleaves over effort to reverse Trump’s loss to Biden," 23 Dec. 2020 Cohen explains that unplanned pregnancies are declining because, in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are moving around and meeting less. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "COVID baby boom? No, 2020 triggered a baby bust - and that will have lasting impacts," 17 Dec. 2020 An Oxford scientist said Tuesday that the half-dose was unplanned but that the study design was amended to include the half-dose group in its analysis. Jenny Strasburg And Joseph Walker, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Data Underscore Safety, Range of Efficacy," 8 Dec. 2020 The acute phase of a suicidal crisis can be brief and is often unplanned, Barber says. Carol Cruzan Morton, oregonlive, "Gun advocates take the lead in embracing suicide prevention message," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unplanned was in 1775

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17 Jan 2021

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“Unplanned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplanned. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplanned

: not planned or expected

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